Travel Planner

Participants are responsible for getting themselves, their bike and their gear to New York City and home from Niagara Falls. Registered riders are provided three meals a day (with snacks along the way), a tent with air mattress and luggage support from campsite to campsite. Costs for other services, such as shuttles, hotels, etc. will be the rider’s responsibility.To help you plan for your adventure to end cancer, we’ve collected information and resources below.

Shuttles & Parking

Before the tour – Buffalo to NYC

A shuttle will be available to take riders from Buffalo to New York City on Saturday, July 28. The shuttle will begin loading at 6:30 a.m. and depart promptly at 8 a.m. from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The cost of the shuttle will be $50. Please contact the Empire State Ride to reserve your spot on this shuttle. Free, long-term parking is available in the Roswell Park garage. 

Niagara Falls to Buffalo

The Roswell Park parking garage is approximately 30 miles from the Niagara Falls finish line; therefore we are offering a free shuttle from the finish line to the parking garage on Saturday, August 4 after the tour. 

After the tour – Buffalo to NYC

If you need transportation back to New York City, a shuttle will be available from Buffalo to Wagner College on Sunday, August 5. The cost of the shuttle will be $50. Please contact the Empire State to reserve space for you, your bike and luggage.

Parking at Wagner College

To park temporarily for registration, enter the Main Gate of Wagner College from Howard Ave. Tell the guard you are with the Empire State Ride. You will be instructed to park in the Visitor’s Parking Lot. Free long-term parking for the event will be available at or near Wagner College.

Bike Shipping

You can ship your bike via UPS, FedEx or or

If you live in the Buffalo area, you can drop your bike off at the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation (901 Washington St., Buffalo, NY 14263) on Thursday, July 26 from 2 – 7 p.m.

Shipping to New York City

If you are shipping your bike to New York City, please send it to:

  • NYC Bicycle Shop (Staten Island)
  • 1178 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305
  • (718) 569-0333

Please contact the shop prior to shipping your bicycle and be sure to allow at least 2 weeks for your bike to arrive and be assembled by the shop. Any services arranged with the bicycle shop are your financial responsibility. We’ll pick up shipped bikes on Friday, July 27.

Shipping your bike home

If you wish to ship your bike home after the tour we’ll deliver your bike to Campus Wheelworks on Sunday, August 5. You should visit to schedule and pay for your shipment.

If you would like Campus Wheelworks to disassemble your bike and pack it for you, please contact them by calling 716-881-3613.

Please note, if you would like to utilize our shuttle from Buffalo to NYC after the ride, we are able to shuttle your bikes and gear on a truck back to Wagner College.  If you want to use our shuttle to transport your bike, please call 716-845-3179.


Camping options are available to riders from Saturday, July 28 – Friday, August 3. If camping isn’t your thing, you can stay in a hotel along the route at your own expense. Here are the suggested hotels:

If you choose to stay at a designated hotel, our staff will deliver and pick up you and your luggage to/from these locations. However, you are responsible for making your own arrangements. Before you do, check with us to see if there are blocks/discounts available.

*Please contact us for more information about Barrytown College of UTS.

Gear & Luggage

If you are taking the shuttle from Buffalo to NYC on Saturday, July 28, you should bring your luggage with you. We will not be taking luggage during the Thursday bike drop off.

Each participant is limited to two medium-size bags and the weight of any single bag may not exceed 35 pounds. We will check your non-essential gear at check-in. 

On Sunday morning, bring all your luggage back to the luggage truck at breakfast time to be moved to the next camp. Once we get to camp on Sunday night, you will have access to all of your bags.

What to pack

The Empire State Ride is approaching! Time to pack your bags and get ready to ride! Don’t worry about bringing a tent. The Empire State Ride provides every rider a tent and air mattress that will be set up when you arrive in camp each day so you can focus on riding and enjoying the beauty of New York State.

Here now are the essentials that we highly recommend to ensure that you have the best ride week experience possible!

Have questions? Contact us!